Month: May 2014

Minecraft in the Classroom

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If you haven’t heard about the latest favourite game, where have you been hiding?

With a free version available in the app store, we have been trying it out this afternoon to see how it compares to the real thing. So far so good as you can see from the screen shots!

How can it be used in the curriculum?

Taking screenshots and using them in lessons such as:

* Literacy – Story settings, diary entries, descriptive writing, news reports from new lands

* Maths – Dimensions, volumes, 3D

* Science – Geology, ores

* History – Buildings,

* Geography – Settlements, 3D tours

* Design Technology – Building houses

* ICT – Programming/Algorithms

I’m sure the children will have many more suggestions!

 

Digital Leaders

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We are on our way to setting up a Digital Leader Team. This will initially consist of 5 pupils from Years 2 to 6 who can offer their technological skills to improving computing within the Prep School. They will use their skills to test out software/hardware, maintain the iPads, help with the running of Computing Club, and best of all, teaching the teachers what they know!!

The children will be going through an application and interview process, and not all applicants will be successful. When selected, the children will be given access to this blog once a week to update you on what we have been doing!

Coding and the new curriculum

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I attended a conference in London yesterday on Delivering Outstanding Primary Computing and ICT. There were fantastic talks by Bob Harrison, Chair DfE Computing Expert Group; Jan Harrison, Professional Officer, NAACE; Miles Berry, Principle Lecturer in Computing Education at University of Roehampton; and Michelle Brayford, ICT Coordinator at Brunswick House Primary School and her 3 Digital Leader pupils.

We then attended sessions on using technology across the curriculum, KS1 coding and algorithms and incorporating iPads into lessons.

A fantastic day, and lots of shared ideas and resources. One step closer to the new curriculum!